Food Safety and Inspection Service
$16.00 to $25.95
Open & closing dates
$16 to $25.95 per hour
Pay scale & grade
GS 05 - 07
5 vacancies in the following locations:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
WORK LOCATION: MONROE NC
Plant Name: Tyson Foods
Address: 2023 Hasty St., Monroe, NC 28110
GS 5: $16.12/hr - $20.95/hr
GS 7: $19.96/hr - $25.95/hr
WORK LOCATION: LEWISTON NC (2 Vacancies)
Plant Name: Perdue Foods LLC
Address: 3539 Governors Rd, Lewiston Woodville NC 27849
GS 5: $16.00/hr-$20.80/hr
GS 7: $19.82/hr-$25.77/hr
WORK LOCATION: Dobson(2 Vacancies)
Plant Name: Wayne Farms LLC
Address: 2023 HASTY St., Monroe, NC 28110
GS 5: $16.00/hr-$20.80/hr
GS 7: $19.82/hr-$25.77/hr
This position's work schedule will occur at irregular intervals and is not continuous or steady. As an Intermittent Food Inspector, you need to know the following:
The work schedule, hours and shifts for this position vary. You must be available for on-call work as needed, depending on the staffing needs of the Agency.
You must be available for all shifts and able to report for duty within one hour after receiving a request (by phone) to report for work.
You will provide coverage for in-plant positions within a specified geographic area or plant.
The number of hours you may work is limited to 1,280 hours in a service year.
This position is an Excepted Service appointment and does NOT provide benefits.
Learn more about this agency
Entry-level Food Inspector positions filled through this job announcement generally work in slaughter plants. Our Food Inspectors:
Examine food animals in privately-owned meat or poultry plants
Perform their duties before and after slaughter, guaranteeing that the product is not contaminated
Maintain sanitation procedures
Are a valued member of a dynamic team that ensures the product is fit to eat and compliant with Federal laws
Food Inspectors (slaughter) are involved in ante-mortem inspection of livestock or poultry and post-mortem inspection of red meat or poultry. This inspection activity is performed in a noisy industrial environment with large, moving machinery that cannot be stopped instantly. Workstations and walkways can be extremely narrow and slippery. Excellent stability and balance is required. Frequent physical activities such as walking, climbing, standing, and kneeling are required, including climbing and walking on catwalks. Various environmental conditions, ranging from sub-freezing temperatures to frequent summertime temperatures at 80 to 90 degrees are common, with extreme humidity. Inspection activity requires rapid, constant and repetitive motion with both hands and wrists. Red meat viscera inspection requires palpitation of organs and slicing with extremely sharp knives. Accurate color vision is essential to notice subtle shades of product color in the detection of abnormalities that make a product unfit for human consumption. To view examples of the types of work performed, please click on: Inside Look
Occasional travel - Travel required may vary, depending on geographical assignment
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
1863 Food Inspection
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship is required.
Pre-employment Physical is required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Specialized experience or education
Detailed resume and supporting documents
Background suitability investigation and fingerprints
This position requires a successful passing of a pre-employment physical.
The duties of a Food Inspector are performed in a hazardous working environment. The below requirements are not an all-inclusive list. Applicants must:
Be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the job functions, without hazard to themselves and others
Have full range of motion to perform rapid, repetitive twisting and working with arms above shoulder level
Be able to stand and walk on slippery and uneven floors and catwalks, as well as climbing stairs and ladders
Be able to lift, carry, push and pull up to 44 pounds
Have manual dexterity of the upper body, including arms, hands, and fingers with a normal sense of touch in both hands
Be free of chronic eye disease
Have good near and distance vision
Have the ability to distinguish shades of color. Any significant degree of color blindness (25 percent or more error rate on approved color plate test) is disqualifying.
Have ability to hear and understand conversational voice.
An applicant may meet the GS-5 basic qualifications in one of two ways:
Specialized Work Experience or
If qualifying based on Specialized Work Experience, you must:
Have the equivalent of at least one year of full-time Specialized Work Experience that was obtained after your 16th birthday.
Provide specific examples of qualifying knowledge, judgment, interpretive ability and technical skills related to a finished product.
Examples of Specialized Work Experience may include, but are not limited to:
Processing food in a slaughter, processing or manufacturing plant, or a comparable production activity which prepares food, beverages or pharmaceuticals for human consumption.
Meat cutter/butcher in a wholesale or retail meat/poultry business that includes a full range of responsible duties such as sanitation, product judgment, determinations, and/or using formulas and recipes.
Performing Quality Control tests and/or laboratory tests in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical or pet food industry or other similar environments, assuring that standards are met with products that are consumed by humans or animals.
Managing or supervising staff in the food or livestock industry demonstrating effective skills in communicating job requirements, evaluating employees results of work methods or processes, interpreting standards or instructions and budget or payroll responsibilities.
Commercial restaurant or kitchen chef or cook responsible for proper food preparation, safe food handling and sanitation practices and judgment recognizing abnormalities in food.
Veterinary Technician conducting lab tests, assessing animals and/or partial examination of animals, performing necropsies, monitoring animals under anesthesia and administering medications.
If qualifying based on Education, you must:
Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or completed a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Degree courses MUST include 12 semester or 18 quarter hours in the biological, mathematical, physical or agricultural sciences.
GS-7 basic qualifications:
To qualify for the GS-7, you must have one year of full-time specialized experience. Specialized experience is regulatory food inspection work which involved either ante- and post- mortem inspection of red meat animals, poultry, fish, or seafood; or inspection of production of processed products involving red meat, poultry, fish, seafood, or egg products. If you do not have this type of specialized work experience, you will not be considered at the GS-7 level.
**Intermittent Work Schedule: This position does not have a regularly scheduled tour of duty. The number of hours worked during one week may fluctuate between 1 to 40 hours and there will be no consistency in the days or hours worked each week. The number of hours worked are limited to 1,280 hours per service year.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See Selective Service
E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPMs Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp
Background Investigation and Fingerprint Check: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
Special Hiring Authorities Information: Click here for more information Special Hiring Authorities
regarding applying under the Veteran’s Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, and Schedule A Disabled.
If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential you will be placed under a career development plan. You may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and are recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
This announcement may be used to fill additional like vacancies should any occur in the announced duty location.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
All applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the specialized experience/education requirements.
Applicants will not be ranked in category or score order. All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official after applying absolute veterans' preference.
All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by a resume and/or college transcripts. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.
To view the application form, visit: https://fsis.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=76AF2B33-2926-4D2D-89AE-A88200C0C21F
Background checks and security clearance
A resume should be provided. It should include relevant work experience (start/end dates stated in month/year, description of duties and salary), applicable education at a minimum, and your contact information. For current or previous Federal employees, it should also include the Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry.
If you are a veteran claiming Veterans' Preference, please attach your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, showing all dates of service, receipt of medals and campaign badges, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). The member 4 copy of your DD-214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” is preferable.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or resume. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the requested documentation.
For a disabled veteran, you must submit a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) letter on DVA letterhead that states your overall combined service-connected disability rating.
Please provide a copy of your College transcript(s) which support those qualifications for which you wish to have considered.
The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
• Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
• If education is required, or you are using education to meet qualification requirements, you must submit a legible copy of your college transcripts. The transcript must include your name, the name of the college, and the date a degree was awarded. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
• If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
• If claiming 10-point veteran’s preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans’ preference please visit Feds Hire Vets
• Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.
To begin, click Apply Online and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.
NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.
Agency contact information
USDA, FSIS, HROD
100 N. 6th Street, Suite 420C
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Food Safety and Inspection Service
Website : http://www.fsis.usda.gov